21 Apr

Planting the Seeds | Suzy Silk

My husband and I are now approaching the four year mark in our apartment. NYC is a very transient city, with ever fluctuating rents, so this is the longest I've ever lived in one place in NYC. This week God once again showed me the value of living in the same place, among the same neighbors for a long period of time. In the Bible,...

16 Apr

Sweetness in the Struggle | Adrienne Minor

Two months ago, I joined a gym. It’s been awhile since I’ve been a member at a gym, so I’m getting reacquainted with gym culture. One of the things I really like is the prevailing sense that we’re all working towards something. We’re showing up and working hard because we want to be healthier and stronger. Furthering this spirit of determination is a variety of...

06 Apr

The Great Yes | Carrie Walker Louer

Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the NY Times. I am a big fan. I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me think. Nicholas gives a voice for the voiceless and does so with compassion and excellence.   Recently Kristof penned an article about the increasing cultural unpopularity of being an evangelical Christian. Even I, as one employed by one of...

31 Mar

More than a Familiar Easter | David Robbins

I am pretty sure God never meant for Holy Week to bring pressure and guilt. I know in my head that Jesus came to free us from our guilt … That Jesus came to release the oppressed. But somehow, as I enter this Easter week, I feel like I’m not measuring up and not prepared to enjoy the majesty of Easter. I feel like I’ve...

24 Mar

New Season, New Self | Jessica Gravelle

Spring is finally here!  After such a long winter, I'm excited for this new season.  We will no longer be confined indoors but can truly enjoy all that the city has to offer. And as we transition to Spring, we also begin to transition and change our wardrobes. We joyfully put away our puffy coats, snow boots and all our heavy winter gear in exchange...

16 Mar

Preparing for Revival | Kelsey Karys

Today’s guest blog comes from Kelsey Karys, a second year intern with Cru campus ministry in Boston, working mainly at MIT. This year she will be trailblazing a new internship in the northeast called Freedom58, a partnership between Cru and International Justice Mission, to bring Biblical Justice into Christian conversation at universities. -- The walk from MIT to Park Street Church, a beautiful old Boston...

10 Mar

When God Walks Us Into Deeper Suffering | Meg Robbins

Over the past several months, I have wrestled deeply in my heart with the problem of pain and suffering. It’s always been a challenge for me…I’ve struggled to understand God’s character as I’ve processed things both in history, such as the atrocities of the Holocaust, and every day tragedies, like human trafficking and slavery that still affects millions around the world. But sometimes seeing these things...

02 Feb

Grace for Today | Lauren Schroeder

Last week, a mix of excitement and dread came over me as I read the weather report about the impending snowstorm. My adventurous side smiled like a five-year-old and said, “Two feet of snow? Wheee!” while my inner dooms-dayer gritted her teeth and muttered “Grocery store. Trample strangers. Secure food at all costs”. This should come as no surprise to my friends who’ve witnessed me...

26 Jan

4 Ways to Thrive in 2015 | Suzy Silk

As I began 2015, my prayer to the Lord was that this year my husband and I would learn to thrive as a family in the midst of the highs and lows of life. As I've asked the Lord to let us thrive this year, He's been reminding me of some good truths I need to implement if I want to partner with Him in...

19 Jan

Are We Givers or Takers of The City? | David Robbins

Her eyes were locked out the airplane window taking it all in. Flying out of LaGuardia and getting panoramic views of Manhattan is breath-taking, but I was a little confused about why this 26 year old advertising agency account executive had gone from extra talkative to silent. Then I caught a glimpse of a tear running down her cheek … That she wiped away quickly. ...

13 Jan

Comparison is the thief of joy | Adrienne Minor

Over the past few weeks, a post has appeared repeatedly in my Facebook newsfeed. It has usually gone something like this, “It was a great year. Thanks for being part of it.” And then a montage of photos from the person’s year has followed. Have you seen it? I've heard it said that our Facebook and Instagram culture creates an unrealistic view of people's lives...

06 Jan

2015: Be Who You Actually Are | Bekah Stewart

Starting a new year can be such a gift. Making new resolutions creates a fresh opportunity to dream and hope for all that this next year will be. We all know how important setting goals and creating vision are to actually see a preferred future realized. As one year ends, we might be feeling some regret or desire for things to be different. It can...

29 Dec

Best of the Blog: 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, our team finds ourselves reflecting on our year in New York City and we are overwhelmed by the grace gifts God has given us in the relationships we have with you!  We are more convinced than ever that God has hand wired your generation to be known, like the Thessalonians, as men and women “who turn the world upside down”...

22 Dec

7 Things We Uniquely Learn Through Waiting | David Robbins

Advent /‘ad, vent/ noun.  The arrival of something long awaited for. A time of expectant waiting and preparation. Waiting to find out if you got the job. Waiting to see if you are approved for the apartment. Waiting on a spouse after another heartbreak. Waiting to see if you got into the grad school you really want. Waiting to see if you rocked that audition...

15 Dec

His Dwelling Among Us- Carrie Louer

  Tonight I channeled my junior-high-self. I played the role of a baby sitter. I have often grieved the reality of not having my own children and I try to be intentional in getting my “baby fixes.”   The world had the privilege of being introduced to Olivia eight months ago. Tonight she nestled in the crook of my left elbow. She consoled the absence...

09 Dec

Reading the Story Anew | Suzy Silk

Every year as December begins, I love to re-read the various Christmas and Hanukkah passages in the Bible. I find that reading not only the Christmas story, but also the numerous Messianic prophecies regarding Jesus, helps to point my heart toward Him and anticipate anew his "arrival." As I've grown in my faith and knowledge of the Jewish holidays, I've also learned to appreciate Hanukkah...